„It is true that discussion is allowed within the system. But the quarrels between right and left seem to me completely futile, for in every possible way they simply lead to an enhancement of the power of the state.“

Quelle: The Ethics of Freedom (1973 - 1974), p. 397
Kontext: When we speak of dialogue with the sovereign, it seems to me that this can be definitely initiated only on the basis of the greatest possible intransigence, for power today is completely alien to any real discussion. It is true that discussion is allowed within the system. But the quarrels between right and left seem to me completely futile, for in every possible way they simply lead to an enhancement of the power of the state.
Democracy is a mere trap with the party system as it is and a bureaucracy that cannot be altered. Discussion may go on about taxes and the improvement of social services. But power is totally deaf to the individual, indifferent to the interests of freedom, and ignorant of the true concerns of the nation. Only a radical opposition, i. e., an attack on the root of the situation, can engage it in authentic dialogue.

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„Within our system of government every American has a right and duty to help shape the future course of the United States.“

—  Jimmy Carter American politician, 39th president of the United States (in office from 1977 to 1981) 1924

Presidency (1977–1981), Farewell Address (1981)
Kontext: Within our system of government every American has a right and duty to help shape the future course of the United States.
Thoughtful criticism and close scrutiny of all government officials by the press and the public are an important part of our democratic society. Now as in our past, only the understanding and involvement of the people through full and open debate can help to avoid serious mistakes and assure the continued dignity and safety of the nation.

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„Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.“

—  Clive Staples Lewis, buch Christentum schlechthin

Book III, Chapter 8, "The Great Sin"
Mere Christianity (1952)

A. Wayne Wymore Foto

„[The word system is often defined in a way] that seems the most appropriate for the purpose of any given discussion.“

—  A. Wayne Wymore American mathematician 1927 - 2011

A. Wayne Wymore (1972) Systems Engineering Methodology for Interdisci­plinary Teams. Department of Systems Engineering, The University of Arizona; As cited in: J.C. Heckman (1973, p. 39).

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„It is simply, and solely, the abundance of money within a state [which] makes the difference in its grandeur and power.“

—  Jean-Baptiste Colbert French politician 1619 - 1683

Arthur John Sargent (1899), The Economic Policy of Colbert. p. 65

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„The difference between the right and the left is this: the left lives in the imaginary world, always discusses what it would like to happen the right, that is us, live in the real world, we look to see what can be done“

—  Adonis Georgiadis Greek politician 1972

As he said in the Greek parliament
Original: (el) Η διαφορά δεξιάς-αριστεράς να ξέρετε είναι αυτή: ο αριστερός ζει στον φαντασιακό κόσμο, πάντα συζητάει για το τι θα ήθελε να συμβαίνει ο δεξιός, εμείς δηλαδή, ζούμε στον πραγματικό κόσμο κοιτάμε να δούμε τι μπορεί να γίνει
Quelle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqZeImBRWjc

„By a state of a system is meant any well-defined condition or property that can be recognised if it occurs again. Every system will naturally have many possible states.“

—  W. Ross Ashby British psychiatrist 1903 - 1972

Quelle: An Introduction to Cybernetics (1956), Part I: Mechanism, p. 25

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„Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.“

—  John Muir Scottish-born American naturalist and author 1838 - 1914

Muir's marginal note in volume I of Prose Works by Ralph Waldo Emerson (This volume is located at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University. See Albert Saijo, "Me, Muir, and Sierra Nevada", in Reinhabiting a Separate Country: A Bioregional Anthology of Northern California, edited by Peter Berg, San Francisco, California: Planet Drum Foundation, 1978, pages 52-59, at page 55, and Frederick W. Turner, Rediscovering America: John Muir in His Time and Ours (1985), page 193.)
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„As to the issues on which we part ways with the Committee, I have already stated that our reviews indicate that the detention and interrogation program produced useful intelligence that helped the United States thwart attack plans, capture terrorists, and save lives. But let me be clear. We have not concluded that it was the use of EITs (Enhanced interrogation techniques) within that program that allowed us to obtain useful information from detainees subjected to them. The cause and effect relationship between the use of EITs and useful information subsequently provided by the detainee is, in my view, unknowable.“

—  John O. Brennan 7th Director of the Central Intelligence Agency 1955

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery CIA Director John O. Brennan Response to SSCI Study on the Former Detention and Interrogation Program https://www.cia.gov/news-information/speeches-testimony/2014-speeches-testimony/remarks-as-prepared-for-delivery-cia-director-john-o-brennan-response-to-ssci-study-on-the-former-detention-and-interrogation-program.html

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„And as to being in a fright,
Allow me to remark
That Ghosts have just as good a right
In every way, to fear the light,
As Men to fear the dark.“

—  Lewis Carroll English writer, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer 1832 - 1898

Canto 1
Phantasmagoria (1869)

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„Power is action, and the elective principle is discussion. There is no policy, no statesmanship possible where discussion is permanent.“

—  Honoré de Balzac French writer 1799 - 1850

Le pouvoir est une action, et le principe électif est la discussion.Il n'y a pas de politique possible avec la discussion en permanence.
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„Knowledge leads to unity, but Ignorance to diversity.
So long as God seems to be outside and far away, there is ignorance. But when God is realised within, that is true knowledge.“

—  Ramakrishna Indian mystic and religious preacher 1836 - 1886

As quoted in Hindu Psychology : Its Meaning for the West (1946) by Swami Akhilananda, p. 204

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„At one end of the spectrum are the terrorist gangs within our borders, and the terrorist states which finance and arm them. At the other are the Hard Left operating inside our system, conspiring to use union power and the apparatus of local government to break, defy and subvert the law.“

—  Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013

The Second Carlton Lecture (26 November 1984) http://www.margaretthatcher.org/speeches/displaydocument.asp?docid=105799
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„We use power, of course, in the international fields in a way which is the exact contrary to the way in which we use it within the state.“

—  Norman Angell British politician 1872 - 1967

Peace and the Public Mind (1935)
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„It seems to me that we must make a distinction between what is "objective" and what is "measurable" in discussing the question of physical reality, according to quantum mechanics.“

—  Roger Penrose, buch The Emperor's New Mind

Quelle: The Emperor's New Mind (1989), Ch. 6, Quantum Magic and Quantum Mastery, p. 269.
Kontext: It seems to me that we must make a distinction between what is "objective" and what is "measurable" in discussing the question of physical reality, according to quantum mechanics. The state-vector of a system is, indeed, not measurable, in the sense that one cannot ascertain, by experiments performed on the system, precisely (up to proportionality) what the state is; but the state-vector does seem to be (again up to proportionality) a completely objective property of the system, being completely characterized by the results it must give to experiments that one might perform.

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